"It's frustrating. I love baseball so much. I love to be with my teammates on the field and helping my ballclub. Now I know I'm not going to be there for a little while. It's kind of disappointing for me. I've been through some injuries in my career. I don't like that. Injuries are part of the game and I have to deal with it," Reyes said.
Reyes, a four-time All-Star, was carried off the field and placed on the disabled list Saturday. "An MRI came back, no fracture, but it's a severe sprain. Right now, it looks like it will be three months, and that's just getting to the point that he's back in a big league game. It could be six to eight weeks of rest and rehab," said Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthropoulos.
Reyes visited a specialist in Charlotte on Monday and will be in a cast for two weeks and a walking boot for an additional two weeks, meaning he won't be able to start rehab activities for at least a month.
Reyes was acquired from the Miami Marlins during the offseason after one season with the team, and has been hitting .395 and led the major league with five stolen bases. He was on crutches in the clubhouse during the game.
"We'll wait for the swelling to subside, and probably in five to six days get another MRI just to make sure there isn't anything they missed. The biggest thing is there is going to be no surgery at this point. The next MRI will confirm all of that," Anthropoulos said. "We're really not out of the woods entirely, but again off what the doctors have said, they feel pretty confident they have a pretty good read on it."
Reyes knew right away the injury was severe. "I heard something pop in my ankle. I know from the beginning that I did something that's not right down there. I was in pain right away. It's kind of disappointing because I don't know how that happens so fast. I have to deal with this one more time. The same thing happened in 2003 in New York," Reyes said.
When he started his slide to second base, Reyes was too close to the bag. "When I looked up to see the base, the base was right next to me. At that time, I didn't know what to do. I tried to go feet first. I never go feet first. When I steal, I always go feet last. Everything happened so quick," he commented.
Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki from Tripple-A Buffalo was called up to fill in while Reyes is gone. Last year with the Seattle Mariners he hit .192 in 61 games last season.
"I guess there is always the potential if he plays well he could be here a little bit longer. The thought is it will be short-term. We're still going to be active talking to other teams, seeing who else we can bring in. We don't have to, but we've talked about it," Anthropoulous said.
"We're not going to be going after a front-line guy, knowing right now we expect Jose will be back sometime around the All-Star break," Anthropoulous said. "We're not going to be going after someone that's on a long-term deal or former All-Star, that's probably not going to happen especially knowing we're going to give the job right back to Jose."
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